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WMU inducts 47 into 25 Year Club

Jan. 11, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Close to four dozen Western Michigan University faculty and staff members were recently honored for their quarter-century of service to the University.

Forty-seven employees were inducted into the University's 25 Year Club at the annual gala held at the Bernhard Center at the close of the fall semester. New, active and retired members were guests of the University for the evening.

The club, which now has 407 active and 541 retired members, was founded in 1982 with 98 charter inductees. The WMU Board of Trustees established the club as a way to recognize the valuable contributions made to the University by employees who commit their careers to the institution. New members receive a 25-year service pin and framed certificate, and they may choose from a selection of commemorative gifts.

New 25-Year Club Inductees

Kirk D. Arnold, custodian in physical plant-building custodial and support services; Bernadette Ballard-Reid, assistant to the executive director of the Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center; Stephanie Boris, physical processing coordinator for University Libraries; Virginia Bowlby, admissions clerk; Tobias J. Boyle, systems programmer in information technology; Lillie B. Cotton, admissions office supervisor; Dr. Linda L. Dannison, chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences; John Gregory Fitzgerald, associate professor of University Libraries; Laurie Foster, scheduling coordinator in the Registrar's Office; Dr. Jaimy Gordon, professor of English; Dr. Dean W. Halderson, professor of physics; Lewis D. Hamilton, finance assistant in the Development Office; Jane L. Harrison, credit evaluator in admissions; Patricia A. Harvey, payroll coordinator; Dr. Emily P. Hoffman, professor of economics; Sylvia R. Horton, office associate in Valley I dining service; Lisa K. Hotchkiss, office supervisor in Residence Life; Lasena Jennings, coordinator of human resource services in the Department of Human Resources; William L. Jones, supervisor in physical plant-building custodial and support services; Dr. John A. Kapenga, associate professor of computer science; Betty L. Kirk, supervisor in physical plant-building custodial and support services; Dr. Steven N. Lipkin, professor of communication; Gaylene Luhman, production analyst in information technology; Gregg McChesney, groundskeeper in physical plant-landscaping services; Judith A. Medendorp, office assistant in geography; Judy L. Moonert, associate professor of music; Dr. Nickola W. Nelson, professor of speech pathology and audiology; Patrick L. Northrop, library assistant with University Libraries; Bruce L. Paananen, Web applications specialist in information technology; Lila J. Paul, office associate with the Office of the Vice President for Research; David S. Prentice, utility specialist in the power plant; Dr. Linda Reeser, professor of social work; Judy A. Rozek, custodian in physical plant-building custodial and support services; Thomas W. Sauber, supervisor in physical plant-landscape services; Richard K. Schaper, manager of retirement services in the Department of Human Resources; Jacqueline M. Schley, pharmacist at Sindecuse Health Center; Ronald Schubot, systems project manager in information technology; Dr. Rameshwar P. Sharma, associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering; Diana L. Sherburn, assistant to the chief of police in public safety; Kimberly L. Smith, admissions clerk; John S. Stanford, office technical coordinator with the College of Health and Human Services; Sally A. Veeder, assistant director of the Evaluation Center; Mary Ann Warren, custodian in physical plant-building custodial and support services; Margaret J. Watson, lead classroom technology consultant in information technology; Dr. Robert A. Wertkin, professor of social work; Dr. D. Terry Williams, professor of theatre; James G. Wiseman, a buyer for University Dining Services.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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